17 Dec

How and Where to Buy Vinyl Records and LP’s

Last time I was in a record store that actually had records, was about four or five years ago. Quonset Hut (no longer selling music) was one of those music stores that had t-shirts, toys like KISS dolls, even smoking paraphernalia (although not of it was for drug use of course). It was one of those places where you could go and browse for hours. They even had stuff on CD that no one else had. Metal bands like Iron Savior, Rhapsody (now Rhapsody of Fire), Stratovarius. They had a lot of good stuff. They even had vinyl. Not a lot, but some. Mostly dance and DJ type stuff, but there were a few albums, like the collection “Edward The Great “by Iron Maiden, I think they even had some Metallica on vinyl.

The problem is that these stores are closing down. There are some shops opening up, but not around here, not in small towns. Where can we go to find vinyl records? Online? Yeah, you can, but you have to be careful. If you buy a record online, you can’t actually look at it to see if it has scratches or not. It could be an old worn out flat sounding album, that you just paid a lot of money for.

There are places online that you can go. Places like Amazon have vinyl records, You can even find LP’s on eBay. I just found a place that I’ve heard some good stuff about though, and from searching a little bit, I’ve found rare albums on Musicstack that I know you can’t find in other places.

If you don’t like to buy vinyl online, the best place to go is to flea markets. Garage sales are ok, but usually the records have been stored in a musty damp basement and smell like mold, or were in an attic and are warped from the heat. There also isn’t a whole lot of selection. At flea markets however, you can find hundreds and thousands of vinyl albums for sale. You just have to know what to look for.

  1. Look at the Record – Is it clean and without scratches? Is the label ripped or not? Looking at the record can tell you a lot about it. If it is scratched up, there isn’t much point in buying it. Look at it from the side to see if it is warped or not. We love vinyl because it sounds good. So why buy a bad record.
  2. Look at the Record Cover – The cover art is one of the more important features of records. If the record is in good shape, look at the cover. This is one area that is completely up to your judgment. If it is a record you have been searching for for a long time, and the cover is beat up and the record is clean, go ahead and buy it. I had been looking for Billy Thorpe – “Children of the Sun” for years before the guy at the record store found it, but the cover wasn’t in the greatest shape. I bought it anyway.
  3. Is the Price Worth the Album – Most of the time, at a flea market, it will be. I usually see records go for about 50 cents to 2 dollars. Even if it is 10 dollars, it can be a deal, especially if you find something rare, or worth some good money.
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2 Responses to “How and Where to Buy Vinyl Records and LP’s”

  1. Jordan S. Says:

    All my local record shops (I’m in a town of about 100,000) have moderately sized vinyl sections. I also have found that the salvation army and goodwill are great places to find vinyl for prices like 3 for 25 cents. Luckily, in a town just 30 minutes away from me, there is an All-Vinyl record store and I am able to go to mostly-vinyl record stores in surrounding bigger cities.

  2. RecordGuy Says:

    I stopped in at a flea market near the crossroads of I-10 & I-49 near Lafayette, La and there is a small shop named Vinylville with an excellent selection of records and low prices compared to most stores these days.

    I also really liked Domino Records in New Orleans.

    Both are highly recommended if condition is important to you. Also, you won’t have to dig through boxes of grandma records to find something decent like classic rock or blues.

    I try to support the small independent record stores and suggest new collectors do so as well.

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